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He added: 'The danger is that however much any government tries they will not be seen to be impartial if they are locked into a parliamentary deal at Westminster with one of the Northern Ireland parties, and you never know in what unpredictable way events will turn out, and we can not know if that impartiality is going to be crucial at some stage in the future'.

DUP leader Arlene Foster arrived in Westminster for talks with Tory leader Theresa May earlier this afternoon, with the Conservatives needing the Unionist party's numbers in order to be sure of avoiding a defeat on the Queen's Speech. Sources said that the DUP's blueprint for an alliance with the Conservative Party was based on a document that the Unionist party drew up before the 2015 general election when it expected to be holding the balance of power.

There is a degree of bemusement in Northern Ireland at the how much of the United Kingdom has reacted to the prospect of the Government being propped up by the DUP. But it also demanded the removal of... Cameron in 2015 had at least one cosy dinner at No 10 with DUP MPs - some of whom gleefully reported to me that parliamentary arithmetic, not Stormont's functioning, was on the menu.

Though the details of the Conservative Party's agreement with the DUP have not been fully hammered out, it is thought that the relationship will not be a formal coalition but what is called a "confidence and supply agreement".

Members of the public have also been making their opposition to this partnership heard, many via an online petition calling for Theresa May to resign rather than enter into a DUP pact.

She said the DUP were similar to UKIP, a party that failed to win a single seat in last week's election.

"My team spoke to 9,000 people in four weeks and we had to bring Brexit up".

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"They talked about their kids' schools, the NHS and housing".

"They would favour retention of the triple lock on pensions", he said.

He added: "We have a couple day of meetings, we have requested meetings with all parties - some have got back to us, some haven't".

"I'm willing to stand up and say sorry for that".

Although the party has since rescinded violence, this may seem a bit of a rich move from a party that attacked Jeremy Corbyn for his alleged links to former Northern Irish terrorists.

As London and Dublin are seeking to act as honest brokers in trying to break the impasse over the Northern Ireland executive, May's intervention with the DUP has thrown the whole process into political turmoil. "I don't blindly follow anyone. never have, never will".

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